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MAPTalk-Digest Thursday, April 25 2013 Volume 13 : Number 013

001 Psychedelic Science Conference Examines MDMA Treatment for PTSD
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002 breaking ID: Boise Police Seize Children of Marijuana Activists
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Subj: 001 Psychedelic Science Conference Examines MDMA Treatment for PTSD
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Date: Mon, 22 Apr 2013 08:23:57 -0700

outstanding article by Phillip Smith

Psychedelic Science Conference Examines MDMA Treatment for PTSD
http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/2013/apr/21/psychedelic_science_co

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But it was US researchers Michael and Annie Mithoefer who reported the
most impressive results. They reported on a 2004 Phase II clinical trial
with veterans, firefighters, and police officers. The research subjects
were given MDMA (or a placebo) and psychotherapy sessions. MDMA-assisted
therapy resulted in "statistically significant" declines in PTSD as
measured by standard scales, the Mithoefers reported.

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Subj: 002 breaking ID: Boise Police Seize Children of Marijuana Activists
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Date: Thu, 25 Apr 2013 14:42:25 -0700

from Mike Riggs, atReason.com

Boise Police Seize Children of Marijuana Activists
http://reason.com/blog/2013/04/25/boise-police-seize-children-of-marij

Three marijuana advocates in Boise, Idaho, had their children taken by
Child Protective Services this week after police found marijuana in one of
the family's homes.

According to an item posted today on the blog of Compassionate Idaho,
Lindsey Rinehart and her husband Josh Rinehart went hiking with friend
Sarah Caldwell earlier this week. When they came back, their kids had been
taken.

Officers with the Boise Police Department arrived at the house to conduct
a "Well Child Check," allegedly at the behest of a school administrator.
(I've requested information from the BPD, and will update this post when I
hear back.) "The BPD intimidated our babysitter/friend and gained access
to our home," Rinehart wrote. "Upon entering, and seeing that the house
was Fine, the kids are Fine, they decided to go to my room." That's where
police found the marijuana that Rinehart uses to treat her MS, and decided
to call Child Protective Services.

CPS took 10-year-old Laustin Rinehart and 5-year-old Elijah Rinehart, as
well as Sarah Caldwell's children, 11-year-old Thomas Andrew and
6-year-old Kyle. Their parents are now desperate to get them back. All
three are well-known marijuana activists: Lindsey works for Compassionate
Idaho, Josh is the director of Idaho NORML, and Sarah Caldwell works for
Moms for Marijuana International.

"The crying doesn't stop," Rinehart wrote on her blog. "The heartache
doesn't stop. You look around your house and their toys are there, and
their/our dogs are here sad with us, their clothes are here. Fuck, CPS
didn't even take their Tooth Brushes."

Marijuana activists are rallying behind the families. According to a
donation page set up to help cover their legal fees, "there is a
dependency hearing for the children that is pending, and possible criminal
charges relating to Marijuana might arise in the future."

I've also reached out to Moms for Marijuana International founder Serra
Frank, and will update when I hear back.

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